Things have gone from bad to worse, and now to downright catastrophic for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Just a few moments ago, Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced via the Lightning’s official website that not only was Stamkos’ leg broken, but it would require surgery to accurately repair.
“At this point Steven will be out indefinitely,” Yzerman said. “The medical staff in Boston, in consultation with our team physicians, has made the decision to surgically repair the injury. The procedure is expected to take place tomorrow morning. The biggest concern for me, and the rest of the Lightning, is that decisions are made in Steven’s best long-term interest, and we feel this is the appropriate course of action.”
In case you missed all the action the first time, there was 7:11 left in the first period when the Bruins brought the puck into the Lightning zone. Stamkos had pretty good positioning on Hamilton, but then a collision between the two caused Stamkos to fall to the ice, skidding right into the ridiculous hard goal post.
You know…that thing that makes the ridiculously loud clanging noise as a puck deflects off of it.
Stamkos tried to make it off the ice under his own volition; however, the pain would render that impossible.
The Tampa Bay Lightning put this out on their Twitter Page earlier.
Steven Stamkos to undergo surgery on broken tibia tomorrow morning. Full release & statement from GM Steve Yzerman: http://t.co/a6XBo2n2UR
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 11, 2013
At this point, it is assumed that Valtteri Filppula will be stepping into Stamkos’ spot on the first line while he recovers. It is unknown when/if the Lightning plan to make a call up to fill the whole at second line center.
Currently, there is no timetable for Stamkos’ return. Obviously, that will be next to impossible to determine until the break has been successfully repaired.
We here at Bolts By The Bay wish Steven Stamkos a speedy recovery. Injuries like this are never fun, and we will definitely miss him on the ice.
Who do you think the Lightning will call upon to fill the whole at second line center? How much time do you think Stamkos is going to miss due to this injury? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.